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Gordon Charles Webb

Attorney

Gordon Charles Webb is recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the top 100 Litigation lawyers in the State of Washington.  He is also one of the principal founding members of Seattle Maritime Attorneys and Webb Law Firm, a specialized firm with offices in Bellevue and Seattle.  Gordon is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts of the State of Washington.  He holds a Master's Degree in Maritime Law from Tulane University Law School, and has represented hundreds of clients in personal injury, wage claims, bankruptcy claims and other matters involving litigation, trials, arbitration and mediation of cases arising in Washington, California, the East Coast and other interesting venues around the world.

Gordon was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in the greater Puget Sound region where he played amateur ice hockey, and built and raced small hydroplanes in the Seafair Greenlake Regattas in his youth. Following high school he learned to fly single engine aircraft and worked as a commercial fisherman in the South Pacific. After returning to Seattle he studied at the renowned Gomper's School of Boat Building and Design before launching Frontier Boat Corporation, where he directed the design and manufacturing of fishing boats for the Alaskan commercial fishing industry. After selling the company to a Danish corporation, Gordon decided to go to law school.

Graduating from Tulane University Law School in 1993 with a Master's Degree in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Gordon hired on at the largest maritime-only law firm in the Pacific Northwest . Gordon's entrepreneurial spirit got the best of him, and two-and-half years later he founded Webb Law Firm where he represents people in maritime claims, personal injury, wage claims, bankruptcy law, auto accident claims and other matters involving litigation, trials, and mediation of cases arising in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, New York, Maine, Florida, the US and British Virgin Islands and other interesting venues around the world.

Education

L.L.M., Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1993
Major: Admiralty & Maritime Law
Law Review: Tulane Maritime Law Review

J.D., University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho, 1992

B.A., Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, 1987
Cum Laude
Major: Political Science

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Washington, 1993
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1993
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1995
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1998
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Washington, 1995
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Washington, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2007
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Maritime Law Association of the United States
Member Since: 1993
Attorney Member

Washington State Bar Association
Member Since: 1993
Attorney Member

Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 1995
Attorney Member

Florida State Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2001
Attorney Member

Seattle King County Bar Association
Member Since: 1995
Attorney Member

Representative Cases

Gloria K. Owen, Et. Al., v. Cruise West and Alaska Sightseeing and Cruise West Travel, Inc., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON, 2004 AMC 2828. $2.25 million award for plaintiffs in federal court collective action lawsuit for overtime wages under the FLSA on behalf of employee crewmembers of Cruise West and Alaska Sightseeing and Cruise West Travel, Inc.

Geneva McCarthy v. F/T SEAFREEZE ALASKA UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20375; 2004 AMC 2107. On July 5, 2000, the seaman was injured on board a ship. On September 19, 2001, an orthopedic surgeon diagnosed her with a herniated nucleus pulposus with chronic neck, right shoulder, and arm pain. The seaman's treating physician opined that her cervical disk herniation was related to the seaman's injury. Between September 19, 2001, and April 30, 2003, the corporations paid for the costs for the seaman's treatment, but the seaman's requests for maintenance were denied. The defendant corporations asserted that the seaman injured her back in an earlier car crash. A second surgeon hired by defendants concluded that it was not possible to state that her symptoms were attributable to the on-board injury. The court held that there was no fact issue that precluded a declaration of liability for maintenance. The second surgeon's failure to make a statement as to causation did not create a factual dispute. If the corporations truly believed that the seaman's symptoms after September 19, 2001, were not their responsibility, they presumably would have refused to pay cure. The seaman was entitled to attorney's fees because they ignored the seaman's request for maintenance for over a year without explanation. Following the decision, the case settled out of court for confidential six figure award.

Ocean Resources Inc. v. Bank of America and Seafirst National Bank et al. , King County Superior Court Case No. 98-2-12670-1-SEA. $2.3 million award for plaintiff arising out breach of vessel sale contract litigation.

Estate of Wilkison v. Mastec North America and Global Crossings Inc. Snohomish County Superior Court. Everett, Washington. Largest wrongful death six figure settlement in Washington state for the death of 87 year old male. Confidential.

Van Valkenberg v. Puget Sound Inflatables, 2002 A.M.C. 2673 (W.D. Wash. 2002): Enhanced Injury (“crashworthiness”) Doctrine adopted into the general maritime law.

Litigation Percentage
75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Honors and Awards

Member, Tulane Maritime Law Journal

Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation, 2003 - 2004

The Canadian Consulate General - Certificate of Merit Pro Bono Publico, 1993

Past Employment Positions

Bauer Moynihan & Johnson, Associate, 1993 - 1995

Irwin Myklebust & Savage, 1991 - 1992

Washington State Attorney General - Consumer Protection Department, Pre-Law Intern, 1987

City of Seattle Law Department, Pre-Law Intern, 1986 - 1987

Seattle King County Public Defenders Association, Investigator, 1986

Pro Bono Activities
Washington State Bar Association, 2004 - Present
Client Reviews
John has helped me get my pay. He REALLY went up to bat for me, I can't recommend him highly enough.
★★★★★
There are very few people I trust in this world but John Merriam is at the top of my list he not only is a man of outstanding character and morals as well as honest but he truly cares about his clients well being and situation…
★★★★★
I lost most of my vision from an accident at sea. Gordon handled my case with motivation and haste that I could imagine would have been the way he would have handled it if it had been him who was injured. I was ver impressed by how much he cared and especially his work ethic.
★★★★★
Gordon helped me and family get through a very hard time. I was severely injured, and Gordon was able to settle my case for more than i was hoping for. If anything else happens he will be the first person I call.
★★★★★
I very much appreciated the sense of urgency that Gordon Webb demonstrated as he handled my case. Emails and phone calls were returned almost instantly, questions were answered and solutions were offered. Gordon's firm came highly recommended and I am very pleased that I made the right choice to hire him.
★★★★★